Resources for All Mizzou Students

We are here for our Mizzou family!  Find information below for different resources on campus and off campus that can help support you academically, physically, and emotionally!

Emergency Contacts:


Boone County Fire Protection District 
2201 I-70 Drive NW
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 447-5000


Boone County Sheriff’s Department
2121 County Dr.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 875-1111


Columbia Police Department
600 E. Walnut St.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 874-7652
CrimeStoppers: (573) 875-8477


MU Campus Police
901 Virginia Ave.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergencies: (573) 882-7201

National Resources/Hotlines:


National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live free of abuse.
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or chat online
(800) 548-2480 Missouri Crisis Line

National Sexual Assault Hotline

Provides survivors of sexual violence with the support services they need through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Survivors can access help by calling the toll-free hotline number or by visiting to chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist 24/7. It’s confidential and secure.

(800) 656-HOPE (4673) (chat)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A national, suicide prevention hotline consists of a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support via telephone to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

(800) 273-8255


The Trevor Lifeline

Provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

(866) 488-7386 or chat online or text the word “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200


Veterans Crisis Line

Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

(800) 273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online


Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline

Any person may report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report, but please consider identifying yourself. Being able to contact you later helps the Children’s Division staff complete a more thorough investigation.

(800) 392-3738


Identity Theft Resource Center

Provides identity theft case mitigation at no charge and consumer education.

(888) 400-5530


Poison Control Center

A medical service that is able to provide immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances. Also answers questions about potential poisons, in addition to providing treatment management advice about household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes.

(800) 222-1222

MU Academic Resources:


Career Center

Offers a broad range of services and resources to assist students in their career-related needs. We assist students in finding majors, exploring career options, seeking student employment, drafting a resume or cover letter, developing job search strategies, building interview skills, and much more.

201 Student Success Center

(573) 882-6801


Center for Academic Success and Excellence (CASE)

Supports the educational achievement of underserved as well as underrepresented minority students through individualized attention and cohort-based programming.
110 Student Success Center

(573) 882-9208


Discovery Center

Provides academic direction and support for undergraduate students who are exploring multiple academic pathways. Works collaboratively with students to help them develop and accomplish academic, career, and life goals. The academic advisor and student work together to find a fit between the student’s interests, values, and abilities and what MU offers. Ultimately, students learn to navigate and take full advantage of the university.

M110 Student Success Center

(573) 884-9700


Ellis Library

1020 Lowry St.

(573) 882-4701


Learning Center

Provides instruction that deepens and enriches students’ understanding of the classes in which they enroll, through peer and professional tutoring and study plan consultations, as well as serving as the center of operations for Mizzou’s TRiO program.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493


McNair Scholars Program

Provides enriching experiences that prepare eligible students for doctoral study.

10 Arts & Science Building

(573) 882-1962


Office of Service-Learning

Provides opportunities and academic credit for experience-based learning to promote lifelong commitment to social responsibility and public service. 

165 McReynolds Hall

(573) 882-0227


TRiO Program

Designed to help promising students from underrepresented groups meet the academic, financial, and social demands of a college education.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493


The Writing Center

Offers writing support to all students at the University of Missouri. Although tutors are not editors, they can help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to major structural revisions, to putting the finishing touches on a final draft.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493


MU Campus Offices and Organizations:


Asian Affairs Center

Provides professional development programs for Asian students and professionals, hosted here on the beautiful University of Missouri campus. The center also connects MU students and Columbia residents to Asia through volunteer opportunities and referrals to programs for Asian studies at MU and teaching or studying abroad.

N49 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6902


Association of Latin@ American Students (ALAS)

Caters to the Latin@ community at the university but is open to anyone who is interested in learning about Latin@ culture. This student-run organization strives to promotes cultural competency, raises awareness about Latin@ issues happening globally and on-campus.


Bias Hotline

A method for reporting bias incidents – either experienced or witnessed – by members of our university community. 

(844) 946-1837


Fellowships and Advanced Studies

Houses advising programs for nationally competitive fellowships and pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, and pre-physician assistant students. Identifies high-ability and high-achieving students as early as possible in their college careers and to assist them in developing their potential as candidates for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.  

165 McReynolds Hall


Financial Aid

11 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-7506



Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center

Dedicated to providing social and educational programs that reflect the history, heritage, and culture of the African Diaspora to all students, faculty, staff, and the Mid-Missouri community.

813 Virginia Ave.

(573) 882-2664


Information Technology/Computer Help Desk

(573) 882-5000

Software Anywhere (so much free stuff!):

Services (so many services!):


International Programs (including Study Abroad)

Facilitates all things international at MU. Whether you are from another country coming to MU to study, or you are an MU student looking to go abroad to study, support services are available.

N52 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6007


Legion of Black Collegians

The only Black Student Government in the country; taking pride in working to develop a lasting appreciation of social, moral, intellectual, and most of all, cultural values that will uplift the Black student in the pursuit of academia, and heighten the cultural consciousness of all students in all aspects of student life. We are the leading voice on campus working to eradicate ignorance and promote positive change through education, motivation, and advocacy for Black students at Mizzou.

2500 MU Student Center


Missouri Students Association (MSA)

The recognized undergraduate student government at the University of Missouri, representing students of the university, and committed to representing their interests and advocating for issues they face. MSA provides students with many opportunities to experience social and cultural activities as well as a range of services and programs by working with other student organizations and bringing activities and speakers to campus.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-8585


Multicultural Center

Works to address the needs of underrepresented populations, providing a safe outlet and home away from home. Includes a comfortable lounge and workspaces for all Mizzou students, that can also be reserved for meetings and events or programs.

G107 MU Student Center

(573) 882-7152


MU Student Veterans Resource & Support Center

Exists to meet the needs and address the concerns of veterans at Mizzou. It’s a designated place on campus where you can find camaraderie and friendship along with resources and support. 

N5 Memorial Union

(573) 884-4383


MU Women’s Center

Provides resources and an outlet for social justice education and community building! We serve women, men, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals.

G108 MU Student Center

(573) 882-6621


Office for Civil Rights & Title IX

Investigates all forms of sex-based violence including sexual misconduct, dating or intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or invasion of sexual privacy. Also investigates the use of racial or ethnic slurs to harass or intimidate.

202 Jesse Hall and 145 Heinkel Building

(573) 882-3880 (Heinkel) or (573) 882-2824 (Jesse Hall)


Residential Life

Provides a housing experience that engages students within an innovative and educational environment that supports best on-campus housing practices and promotes student success.

0780 Defoe-Graham Hall

901 Hitt St.

(573) 882-7275


Student Accountability and Support

Carries out the university’s educational mission and goals by supporting you as you navigate challenging situations.  The Office of Student Accountability and Support is responsible for facilitating the conduct procedures for the campus.  The Care Team works to connect you to the appropriate resources during academic, personal, financial, and emergency situations. The office aims to protect the rights of all members of the university community by providing interventions for the resolution of conflict as well as providing opportunities for individual growth and development.

G206 MU Student Center

(573) 882-5543


Student Legal Education

Provides legal education and legal consultation to students on the Mizzou campus. Our mission is to help you learn how to resolve any legal conflicts and disputes currently interfering with your goals, as well as how to apply this learning throughout your life.

2507D MU Student Center

0520-I Defoe-Graham Hall

(573) 882-5543


Medical Resources:


MU Student Health Center

1020 Hitt St.

(573) 882-7481


MU Wellness Resource Center

Offers a wide range of workshops; some require registration, while others are drop-in. 

Currently online

(573) 882-4634


MedZou Community Health Clinic
A faculty-sponsored medical clinic that provides free primary health care, education and prevention. MedZou’s primary care clinic takes place every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

105 E. Ash, Suite 200

(573) 356-2499


University Hospital

1 Hospital Dr.

(573) 882-4141


Women’s and Children’s Hospital

404 N. Keene St.

(573) 875-9000


Boone Hospital Center

1600 E. Broadway

(573) 815-8000


Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

800 Hospital Dr.

(573) 814-6000

(573) 814-6486 (Mental Health)


Boone County Health Department

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 874-7355


Planned Parenthood

Provides a wide range of confidential, safe, expert healthcare.

711 N. Providence

(573) 443-0427


Mental Health Resources:


MU Counseling Center

Provides a range of services designed to help students navigate life challenges while in college.  We offer skill building workshops, group therapy, brief individual therapy, referral services, and 24/7 crisis support. 

119 Parker Hall

(573) 882-6601


Missouri Psychiatric Center

Offers short-term, intensive inpatient treatment services, as well as an emergency room assessment unit to help with crisis stabilization, intake and discharge planning for patients.

3 Hospital Dr.

(573) 884-1255


University of Missouri Psychological Services Clinic
Provides outpatient counseling and therapy for children and adults in the Columbia area.

211 S. 8th St.

(573) 882-4677


Burrell Behavioral Health
A private, not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of mental health services for individuals and families.

Berrywood Center: 3401 Berrywood Dr. (573) 777-8300

Stephens Lake Clinic: 1805 E. Walnut (573) 777-7500


Columbia Center for Women’s Ministries
A social service in the local community providing free Christ-centered peer-counseling and support groups in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere to hurting women.

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

1900 N. Providence, Suite 210 (Kelly Plaza)

(573) 256-1799


Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic
The IBHC offers comprehensive integrative behavioral healthcare for adults who are uninsured or unable to afford low cost, high quality care. Services, including assessment, suicide and neglect screenings, brief and long-term therapy, support groups, and case management are provided by graduate students at the University of Missouri School of Social Work and Counseling Psychology.

MU Family Impact Center

105 E. Ash, Suite 200

(573) 882-9871


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Support group for families, friends, and advocates of the mentally ill and survivors of mental illness.

(573) 874-2402 Tim Harlan


Disability Resources:


MU Disability Center

If you are an MU student and you have a documented disability, the Disability Center can help you get what you need to have an equal educational opportunity at Mizzou.  Mizzou students with disabilities are also eligible for several scholarships through the MU Disability Center.

S5 Memorial Union

(573) 882-4696


Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT)

Provides accessible programs and services for MU students, departments, faculty, and staff.  Partners with campus disability services to offer academic accommodations, as well as assistive technology and ergonomics consultations, training, and support.

N17 Memorial Union

(573) 884-2828


DeafLEAD (Leadership through Education & Advocacy for the Deaf)

Provides education, advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and other direct services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind, and late-deafened individuals and families.

2505 W. Ash

(800) 380-DEAF or (573) 445-5005

24-Hour Deaf Crisis Line: (888) 761-4357, (321) 800-3323 or text HAND to 839863


Easterseals Midwest Autism Services

Provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in our communities. 

918 Bernadette Dr.

(573) 874-3777

Food Resources:


Tiger Pantry

Provides food resources and education to members of the University of Missouri family and University of Missouri Health Care workers in need. Anyone who using Tiger Pantry for the first-time will have to fill out the New Household Form in addition to filling out a delivery or curbside pickup form. Any student who uses Tiger Pantry on a regular basis can also be a recipient of the transferred meal swipes. If you have a meal plan, you are not eligible to receive swipes.

299 Hitt St. (Hitt Street Parking Garage)

(573) 882-2704


Annie Fisher Food Pantry

Helps growing families in the neighborhood meet their nutritional needs.  Open every Wednesday, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

616 Park Ave.


Columbia Farmers Market

Columbia Farmers Market is a year-round producer-only farmers market.

Summer (April – October): Saturdays: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Winter (November – March): Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

Weekdays (Early Summer – Early Fall): Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm & Thursdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm

1769 W. Ash

(573) 823-6889


Food Bank Central Pantry

Our Central Pantry in Columbia is one of the largest food pantries in the state. Designed as a grocery store, clients may shop once a month for nutritious staple items and daily for fresh produce and bread. If you live or work in Boone County and are in need of food assistance, you can come to Central Pantry. Please bring an I.D., proof of residency (example: utility bill), and something that demonstrates how many people live in your household. If you are unsure of these items, please come to Central Pantry and our staff will help you through the sign-up process.

1007 Big Bear Blvd.

(573) 874-7848


Free Little Pantries and Blessing Boxes
Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received as needs arise. Much like little free libraries, the idea behind a blessing box is to take what you need and leave what you can.


Loaves and Fishes – Columbia
Partners with faith and community groups to provide an evening meal 7 nights a week and open all year-round. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. On those days, St. Francis House is open. Dinner is served from 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Seconds are served at 5:30pm.
Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church

702 Wilkes Blvd.


St. Francis House

Provides breakfast and dinner on a daily basis to homeless and home insecure persons in Columbia. Breakfast served at 7:00am daily. Dinner served at 8:00pm except Thursdays served at 7:00pm.
901 Rangeline


Clothing and Other Resources:


Truman’s Closet

Offering MU students, faculty, and staff the ability to borrow professional business attire free of charge. This service will also aim to strengthen students’ professional etiquette and image through educational opportunities.

299 Hitt St. (Hitt Street Garage)

(573) 882-8585


Dreams to Reality

Supports women in transition by providing appropriate interview and work attire to help them be confident and prepared for career and employment opportunities.

500 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City

(573) 681-9675


The Love Seat Furniture Bank

The Love Seat Furniture Bank provides essential furniture, clothing, and household items needed by families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing or who have experienced a crisis or disaster. Donated cars are given to program participants as they become available.

1516 Business Loop 70 W

(573) 256-7662


The Wardrobe
Volunteer-run thrift store and consignment shop, open to the general public Wednesdays 11:00am – 2:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm.  The Wardrobe follows Columbia Public School inclement weather policy; when schools are closed, they are closed.  All funds are used to provide shoe coupons to help buy new shoes for school children in Boone County.  Eligible children must be in public school, grades K-12 and have a referral to The Wardrobe.  The parent/guardian of the child can purchase a shoe coupon for $5.00.  This coupon can then be used for $40.00 towards a pair of shoes at Shoe Carnival.  One coupon per child can be purchased every six months on Tuesdays at The Wardrobe. 

715 Park Ave.

(573) 442-3260


Housing Resources:


Columbia Homeless Outreach Team (CHOT)

Made up of representatives from Burrell Behavioral Health, Columbia Police Department, Phoenix Health Programs, Truman VA Hospital, Rainbow House’s Homeless Youth Program, and New Horizons.  Coordinates weekly outreach to homeless camps, downtown Columbia, and other locations where people who are unsheltered may be staying.  If you or someone you know is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, contact them for help!

Katie Burnham Wilkins

Homeless Program Coordinator, Truman VA


Columbia Housing Authority

Provides affordable rental housing to families who are struggling financially, for whatever reason.

201 Switzler St.

(573) 443-2556


Harvest House
The Harvest House operates to meet the basic needs of the homeless.  We provide free food, shelter, and limited counseling as well as referrals in cases of medical emergencies. 

1224 Rural Street, Boonville

(660) 537-4278


Lois Bryant Women’s House

Homeless shelter and transitional housing resources for women and children. They care for 3 long-term guests at a time and keep one couch open for emergencies, as it is common for women to need to escape abusive or dangerous situations.

913 Rangeline

(573) 875-7874


Room at the Inn
Provides a warm and safe place to sleep during the winter months from 7pm to 7am.

2020-2021: shelters are open from December 13th, 2020 through March 14th, 2021.  The Unitarian Universalist Church, 2615 Shepherd Blvd., will serve as our primary ‘mass care” shelter site. This location will provide a warm and safe place to sleep for approximately 33 guests. The Eastwood Motel, 2518 Business Loop 70E, will serve as Room at the Inn’s second location.  This site will provide shelter for those in isolation and/or quarantine, as well as beds for our medically at-risk guests.


St. Francis House

Provides overnight shelter for approximately 10-12 homeless men. The majority of our guest suffer from mental illness or have a history of substance abuse. Our houses are open during the evening hours to people who live on the street, the near-homeless and food-insecure people. Provides showers and laundry facilities at no charge to our overnight and drop-in guests, as well as clothing, food boxes, and hospitality for persons in need when donations are available.

901 Rangeline

(573) 875-4913


Salvation Army Harbor House
Emergency shelter and transitional shelter for men, women and families; A free community lunch is offered every day. Harbor House offers a 90-day program and offers three meals a day, shelter, showers and laundry, as well as case management that provides educational support, counseling services, and vocational direction,

602 N. Ann

(573) 442-1984


Turning Point Day Center
Our mission is to promote and restore dignity and hope among Columbians who are facing the possibility of housing crisis or who are currently experiencing homelessness.  Services include a physical mailing address, important document storage, shower and laundry facilities, sock exchange, temporary storage of personal belongings for up to 60 days, internet and telephone access, and employment and housing information.

United Methodist Church

702 Wilkes Blvd.

(573) 214-4077


Transportation Resources:



Provides safe and confidential rides home within the city of Columbia for any MU student and their guests, without judgment, and at no cost to the patron on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the fall and spring academic semesters. Calls are accepted starting at 10:00pm and no new rides are accepted after 3:00am.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 442-9672


Tiger Line

Tiger Line is Mizzou’s free shuttle service for Mizzou students that runs seven (7) days a week during the fall and winter semesters. Tiger Line buses are open to the public.


Bike to the Future

Provides bicycles for low-income individuals with no other means of transportation. Proof of income must be provided to receive assistance.

(573) 256-7662


Columbia Transit

Columbia has six (6) bus routes that follow a fixed course and schedule. Each fixed route is named with both a color and a number that can be used interchangeably. All fixed route buses are wheelchair accessible. Anyone can board a bus on a fixed route at any marked bus stop sign. 

(573) 874-2489


Free Bike Repair

Free walk-in bicycle repair. Bicycle mechanics and volunteers provide general bicycle maintenance and parts. Repairs are limited to supplies and tools available at the time of the repair. Service is limited to one bicycle per person per session. 

Armory Sports and Recreation Center

701 E. Ash

(573) 441-5495



OATS Transit is a shared-ride, public transportation company offering service to people of all ages. We serve the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. We transport people to work, medical appointments, shopping and to the pharmacy. We offer intercity express routes to connect people with larger cities. Our buses are all ADA accessible.

(573) 449-3789 or (800) 269-6287


Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence Resources:

Domestic Violence Support Group

Support group for women who are in or have been involved in abusive relationships.

(573) 875-0503 for more information


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Provides survivors of sexual violence with the support services they need through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Survivors can access help by calling the toll-free hotline number or by visiting to chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist 24/7. It’s confidential and secure.

(800) 656-HOPE (4673)


Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP)

RSVP Center staff members provide basic crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of violence, while student staff and student organizations hold many educational programs and events throughout the year for the campus community.

G216 MU Student Center

(573) 882-6638


Safe at Home Program

The Safe at Home address confidentiality program has helped survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking, stalking, or other crimes who fear future harm in their efforts to stay safe by providing a designated address to use when creating new public records. These services help keep survivors’ confidential addresses out of the hands of their assailants.

P.O. Box 1409, Jefferson City

(866) 509-1409


True North
Emergency shelter which provides a safe place for victims of domestic and sexual violence fleeing from their abuser. Their toll-free hotline provides referral information, emotional support and safety planning 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

(573) 875-0503

Crisis Hotline: (573) 875-1370 or (800) 548-2480

Substance Use Treatment & Support Resources:


Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Local in-person and online meetings available.



A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Local in-person and online meetings available.


Narcotics Anonymous

Support groups meet at various times and locations in Columbia and Mid-Missouri for persons who desire to stop abusing narcotics. Local in-person and Zoom meetings available.

(800) 945-HOPE (4673) 24-hour hotline


Anchor of Hope

A Christ-centered ministry for men desiring freedom from addiction and healing of broken relationships.

P.O. Box 30682

(573) 999-9905


Boonville Valley Hope

Provides help and hope of living in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs.

1415 W. Ashley Rd., Boonville

(660) 882-6547


McCambridge Center

Residential alcohol and drug treatment for women; outpatient services for women with drug/alcohol problems.

201 N. Garth

(844) 853-8937


Phoenix Programs, Inc.

To provide effective treatment for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

90 E. Leslie Ln.

(573) 875-8880


LGBTQ Resources:


LGBTQ Resource Center

The MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center! Provides education about, support, and advocacy for sexual and gender minorities at MU, through advising student organizations, sharing resources through our center and library, and holding programs throughout the year such as Coming Out Week, Transgender Empowerment & Awareness Week, and Pride Month held every April.

G225 MU Student Center

(573) 884-7750


The Center Project

A group of individuals dedicated to establishing a community center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in Mid-Missouri.  Designed as a safe and open space, TCP supports the under-served sexuality and gender-based groups within the region, including youth, families, and those living in rural communities.

515 Hickman Avenue

(573) 449-1188


Trans Lifeline

Offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

(877) 565-8860


The Trevor Project/The TrevorLifeline (hotline for LGBTG youth and young adults up to age 25)

(866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678


Pregnancy Resources:


Bethany Christian Services

Supports children and families with world-class social services, all designed to help families thrive. Pregnancy Support: helping expectant parents, of all ages and backgrounds, and empowering them to make a plan.

(573) 217-0377


HALO Jefferson City Girls Program

Shelter for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting girls ages 16-21, and their children, who are in homeless or high-risk situations.

3519 Bennett Lake, Jefferson City

(573) 418-9912


La Leche League

Meeting for pregnant and breast-feeding moms and their babies

(573) 442-4298 Lindsay


Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

The Nurturing Network: Are you pregnant and worried about how you are going to manage? Are you already a parent? Could you use help to become the best parent you can be? Parents who are struggling and have one or more children under the age of five may be eligible for this program. Contact us to learn more.  The Maternal Mental Health Program: LFCS staff provide therapy sessions that focus on family strengths and creating goals to help mothers battle depression while parenting their children. We also provide support and therapy for the children of mothers who are struggling with depression by offering family therapy as well as individual therapy. The program not only provides therapy but also case management to help identify community resources. Open to any Boone County mother (and her children) who is battling depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, or while parenting.

307 Locust St.

(573) 815-9955 or (866) 326-LFCS (5327)


My Life Clinic

Offers professional, confidential pregnancy medical services at no cost. Services are offered without restrictions of age, marital status, race, religion, residency or income. Professional staff provides free pregnancy testing, prenatal services, STD testing, and consultations.

802 North Providence Road, Suite 2

(573) 874-3561


St. Raymond’s Society

A transitional home for expectant and newly parenting mothers. Provides resources to mothers in need to become self-reliant and prepare them to give their child the security of a stable home. Offers additional support to pregnant and newly parenting women who do not need housing, but face other challenges, including financial assistance and baby supplies when funds allow.
P.O. Box 1491

(573) 353-0959


Parenting Resources:


Baby Items

Car/booster seats are provided through a partnership with Safe Kids Columbia. Diapers and wipes are provided through a partnership with First Chance for Children, as well as various donors. Formula and diapers are provided based on availability.

Voluntary Action Center

403A Vandiver Dr.

(573) 874-2273


  • Baby Formula guidelines:
    • Funding is based on a $50 limit per Address per 12-month period for all monetary services.
    • Must be a WIC Client and have an upcoming appointment scheduled
    • Vouchers are provided to Columbia Walmart locations if formula requested is not available in the VAC pantry
  • Car/Booster Seat guidelines:
    • 1 car/booster seat per child
    • 2 car/booster seats per Address
    • VAC schedules 30-minute appointments through the Columbia Fire Department who hosts monthly car/booster seat events, as well as emergency appointments. Education is provided on how to install a car/booster seat provided by Safe Kids Columbia, & how to appropriately place your infant in the seat.
    • Vouchers for a car/booster seat are provided by VAC to redeem at your scheduled appointment.
  • Diapers guidelines:
    • 1 pack of diapers per child per month
    • Includes one pack of baby wipes based on availability

Car Seat Inspections

Car seat inspections by appointment only.  Call to schedule, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Fire Station 1.
Columbia Fire Department

201 Orr St.

(573) 874-7556


Child Care Aware of Central Missouri

Assists parents in making an informed childcare choice.  For questions or additional assistance, call to speak with a Resource Specialist.

(866) 892-3228


Family Support Division Child Care Assistance (eligibility required)

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists eligible Missouri parents and guardians with payments for childcare. This program helps families with the cost of childcare so that they are able to focus on finding and holding steady work that can support their family’s needs.


First Chance for Children

Provides early childhood programs and family resources to foster healthy outcomes for children and families in mid-Missouri.

1010 Fay St.

(573) 777-1815


  • Safe C.R.I.B.S. Program (Community Resources, Infant Beds, and Support) Provides a safe crib and the information families need to safely put their child to bed and deal with sleep related issues. The crib is delivered to the family home and is followed by five additional home visits that focus on child abuse and neglect prevention and child development information.
  • Baby Bags Diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other supplies needed to provide care and comfort to children delivered along with child development and safety information. Items are available at the First Chance office or through one of our partner programs. Families can receive at most once a month, if needed.
  • Lend and Learn Toy Libraries A free, fun place where parents can play with their children ages 0-5, interact with other parents, and ask trained staff questions about development or other concerns. Toys are available for check out so families can extend learning and play at home. Includes Stay at Home, Play at Home Activity Kits, One-on-One Parenting Support, Toy Check Out and more.
  • Baby U A home visiting program supporting families with their specific parenting needs. Using the Nurturing Parenting and Parents as Teachers models, staff walk alongside families with children prenatally through the first semester of kindergarten providing resources, education, and support. Screenings are used to monitor both physical and social-emotional development at regular intervals in the program. For recent postpartum families, the parents are screened using the Edinburgh postnatal depression screening.


Head Start

A federal program for preschool children from low-income families. Children between the ages of three and five years are eligible for Head Start. Head Start is comprised of a variety of educational activities. Staff also assist parents with medical and dental care, provide healthy meals and snacks, and supervise children playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of three and their families, and pregnant women and their families.

Central Missouri Community Action

807 N. Providence Rd.

(573) 443-8706, ext. 1034


Operation School Bell

Provides new winter clothing and coats to children in pre-school through fifth grade in the Columbia Public Schools. The goal is to increase the self-esteem of the child and encourage regular school attendance. School personnel identify and refer children to this program. Each child receives: two pairs of jeans, leggings, or pants, a winter coat, mittens, a sweatshirt, three shirts, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, and a care kit containing personal hygiene items.

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri



Offers parenting information and support to all Missourians.  The WarmLine is a call center and is staffed with parenting experts that are available to answer any parenting questions! The call center is available Monday to Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm and Saturdays/Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm. There is also a link for parents to complete child developmental screenings.

4800 Santana Circle

(573) 882-7323

(800) 552-8522 WarmLine


Parents as Teachers

A free service from Columbia Public Schools that provides developmental and social/emotional screenings, private visits with a parent educator specially trained in child development, connection to helpful community resources, group events for parents and children, and ideas and support during the critical early years, for children ages birth to five.

2191 Smiley Ln

(573) 214-3955


The Caring People

Are you a single mom with a desire to connect with other moms going through some of the same struggles as you? Being alone is hard, but you can join with others who share some of the same day-to-day struggles. There are several Care Groups around Columbia.


Tiger Tot Mommies

Free support group for mothers of babies. Support topics include baby yoga, baby safety, infant massage, sleep patterns in babies, and more. Baby scale and lactation consultant present at each group. Light refreshments are served, and siblings are welcome.

(573) 771-6675


WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

Provides income-based nutrition services to pregnant women, new mothers, babies, and children up to their 5th birthday. The WIC staff helps families eat well and stay healthy with the following services: breastfeeding support, nutrition education and counseling, vouchers for healthy foods, health screenings, risk assessments, and referrals to health care.

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 874-7374


General Assistance Programs:


Assistance League© of Mid-Missouri

Operates multiple programs to help children and adults in need in Columbia.

1729 W Broadway, Suite 1A

(573) 445-3848

  • Assault Survivor Kits When assault victims arrive at the hospital, they may be asked to leave their clothing as evidence. We now provide local hospitals with kits packaged for male, female, and child victims.
  • Bundles for Babies Provides tote bags filled with newborn necessities for families referred by social workers at Boone Hospital Center and Women’s & Children’s Hospital. 
  • Kaboodle Kits Meets a very basic need for personal hygiene for children, senior citizens, veterans, and families in our community. Each student who is clothed by Operation School Bell also receives a Kaboodle Kit. A Kit contains shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, comb, soap, and lip balm.
  • Operation School Bell Provides new winter clothing and coats to children in pre-school through fifth grade in the Columbia Public Schools, including two pairs of jeans, leggings, or pants, a winter coat, mittens, a sweatshirt, three shirts, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, a care kit containing personal hygiene items.
  • Parent Pack Providing supplies and informational books to expectant parents. The kit contains books on pregnancy, fetal development, childbirth, baby names and nutrition and recipes. The kit for parents also includes an exercise DVD for yoga, including a yoga strap and block, information on community resources, and a set of plastic teething keys for the new baby.
  • Scholarships Provides financial assistance toward a college degree or skilled training that will improve the employment opportunities and financial security for those individuals served. Our annual Assisting Women’s Achievement Scholarships are awarded to women age 25 and older who have successfully completed 60 hours of college work. 
  • Women in Transition Designed to address the needs of survivors of domestic or sexual violence in collaboration with True North of Columbia. Our goal is to provide goods and services that support adults and children as they navigate the challenges involved with fleeing danger, healing from trauma, and beginning the transition to a life that is stable, self-sustaining, and free from violence.


Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA)

Provides numerous services to empower low-and-moderate income individuals and families throughout the eight counties of Mid-Missouri to achieve self-reliance.

807 N. Providence

(573) 443-8706

  • Energy Assistance The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) keeps families safe and healthy by assisting with energy costs. This, in turn, reduces the risk of health and safety problems that often arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
  • Healthy Relationships ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) offers free courses for Missouri couples and individuals who want to be in a committed relationship. Courses focus on strengthening relationship skills.
  • Housing Choice Vouchers CMCA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) provides rental assistance to qualifying low-income individuals funded by HUD.
  • Weatherization Weatherization supports low-income families by making their homes more energy-efficient, creating a safer, more cost-effective home environment.
  • The CMCA Area Resource Guide is a comprehensive guide of resources available to lower income individuals and families in need.


City of Refuge

A non-profit organization created to help refugees recover and regain control of their lives. We help refugees become productive, successful, and contributing members of our community. We can help you find where to grocery shop, how to get around the community using public transportation, how to go to the doctor’s office and help you access other basic needs. City of Refuge can also offer free counseling services and teach you skills you need in order to find work.

7 E. Sexton Rd.

(573) 454-1552


Love INC
Raises community awareness of the value of caring for the disadvantaged and provides resources for churches to effectively, and compassionately, respond to people in need.

1516 Business Loop 70 W

(573) 256-7662


St. Vincent De Paul Society Our Lady of Lourdes Columbia

A charity organization of the Catholic Church, who assists residents of Columbia, mostly with rent and utility bills, but all assistance requests are considered for those who are low-income and in need of assistance.

903 Bernadette Dr.

(573) 424-1022 from 8:30am to 9:30am on weekdays


United Way
United Way 2-1-1 of Missouri and Illinois is your 24/7 connection to resources and agencies near you.

2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626


Voluntary Action Center
Helps people experiencing hardships in Boone County by providing resources for basic and emergency needs so they can overcome their hardships and maintain self-sufficiency.

403A Vandiver Dr.

(573) 874-2273


All services are provided as funds and items are available. They are subject to limits of $50 per Address per 12-month period and service-specific guidelines:

  • Rent assistance, please contact the VAC office at 573.874.2273 for eligibility.
  • Health/Medical assistance guidelines:
    • Co-pay assistance request can be made up to 5 business days BEFORE the scheduled appt.
    • VAC works the following local pharmacies for prescriptions and medical equipment:
      Burrell Pharmacy, D&H, Kilgore’s, and all three Columbia Walmart locations.
  • Prescription or Medical Equipment assistance guidelines:
    • Assistance must be requested BEFORE picking up prescriptions or medical equipment.
    • VAC will work directly with the pharmacy via FAX for partial or full payment of prescription or medical equipment.
  • Clothing referrals/vouchers to the Wardrobe are valid for one year from issue date.
  • Work Uniforms assistance guidelines:
    • Recently employed and have NOT received a paycheck.
    • Client must bring a “dummy receipt” from Walmart listing the items and cost.

All of these are per address per 12-month period:

  • Feminine Hygiene Packs– 4 times
  • Hygiene Packs– 2 times
    • Brush and comb, Chapstick, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant
  • Household Cleaning Packs– 1 time
    • Cleaning solution, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, microfiber cleaning cloth, and paper towels
  • Toilet Paper– 2 times
    • Number of rolls provided is based on number of individuals at address
  • Baby Formula guidelines:
    • Must be a WIC Client and have an upcoming appointment scheduled
    • Vouchers are provided to Columbia Walmart locations if formula requested is not available in the VAC pantry
  • Car/Booster Seat guidelines:
    • 1 car/booster seat per child
    • 2 car/booster seats per Address
    • VAC schedules 30-minute appointments through the Columbia Fire Department who hosts monthly car/booster seat events, as well as emergency appointments. Education is provided on how to install a brand-new car/booster seat provided by Safe Kids Columbia, and how to appropriately place your infant in the seat.
    • Vouchers for a car/booster seat are provided by VAC to redeem at your scheduled appointment.
  • Diapers guidelines:
    • 1 pack of diapers per child per month
    • Includes one pack of baby wipes based on availability
  • Work Uniforms assistance guidelines:
    • Recently employed and have NOT received their 1st paycheck.
    • Client must bring a “dummy receipt” from Walmart customer service (from any 3 locations in Columbia) listing the items and cost.
  • Food Handler Card – (once every three years)
    • Must be employed and food handler card must be required for employment (and not eligible for reimbursement by employer).
  • Gas assistance guidelines:
    • Vouchers may be provided once every 30 days based on funding limits.
    • Vouchers are available to request up to 5 business days before scheduled health appointments or work dates.
  • Car Repair Assistance
    • Minor car repair assistance for employed individuals is available based on specific funding. Someone living at the Address must have a valid driver’s license. Please inquire about funding availability.
  • State ID/Driver’s License
    • Once every five years per client
  • Birth Certificate – Missouri born only
    • Once in a lifetime service per client
  • Transportation
    • VAC works with the City of Columbia to offer bus tickets for Go COMO.
    • Tickets available
    • 8 half-fare Go COMO tickets per client per visit, once every 7 days. Limit 24 tickets per Address per 12-month period.
    • Go COMO Reduced Fare ID Card pays half fare every ride. Valid one year from issue date. Can be combined with half-fare tickets for a free ride.
    • Annual Bus Passes are now provided at the Health Department.


Financial Resources:


Money Smart

The FDIC Money Smart program is free program that is open to everyone wanting to manage their financial future. The program will provide you with a free credit report analysis and help you understand how to improve your credit and make a plan for home ownership. The class meets on Mondays for two hours over a ten-week period. You can choose from a class that begins at 12:00 Noon or an evening class that begins at 6:30 p.m. 

(573) 443-2556, ext. 7017


Other Resources:


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

Makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 18.  BBBSCMO utilizes research-based mentoring practices to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of hundreds of young people in mid-Missouri. 

4250 E. Broadway, Suite 1067

(573) 874-3677


Boone County Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities:


Columbia Public Library

The library provides computers for accessing the internet, checking email, research, etc. There is no charge to use these computers, and to log on you need either an active Daniel Boone Regional Library card or a temporary guest pass. The library’s computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Basic black and white printing costs 10¢ per page. Color printing requires staff assistance and costs 50¢ per page. Cardholders also have access to eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, magazines, movies and TV on the go.

100 W. Broadway

(573) 443-3161


Mid Missouri Legal Services Columbia Office

Provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in many situations, but not in any criminal issue, including traffic tickets. For assistance with these matters, you may contact your local public defender office or the Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 636-3635.

1201 W. Broadway

(573) 442-0116